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Poster: joeken Date: Dec 7, 2011 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loudest Show You've Been To? Dead-related

Always thought the Dead were reasonably restrained at the indoor shows I saw. Loud but not overwhelming. The loudest I saw were probably the first two for me, the Portland Coliseum in 1973 and 1974.
The loudest show I ever was at had to be Humble Pie at the Portland Paramount Theater circa 1974. General admission, we got seventh row seats on stage right in front of the speakers. My ears rang for two days after and I am sure I still have some hearing loss from it. But DAMN it was fun! Hallelujah I Just Loved It So!

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Poster: yesss! Date: Dec 7, 2011 9:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loudest Show You've Been To? Dead-related

you were at the 5/19/74 show at the memorial coliseum?! that is one of my favorite shows of all time- did it stand out as a great show at the time? was it a good crowd? did the boys seem to be excited?

i know this is off-topic, but i have listened to that show a whole lot over the years and always wondered what the actual experience was like. any recollections of the night would be fun for me to read.

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Poster: joeken Date: Dec 7, 2011 9:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Off topic, reply for yesss!

Yess, I completely share your love for this show! I try to be objective but still feel this was one of their all time best.
Went with about six friends and we all became hooked for life! General admission so we got there early and were about 12 rows back. Steel folding chairs on the floor bolted together in groups of eight, after the first song people started folding, lifting and moving them out to the side so there was room to dance. Many people getting smacked aroud by these unruly monsters but nobody seemed to mind.
The crowd was completely pumped for this, no thought of setting down. Mostly just low grade weed in those days, people would light one, send it to the left and light another, send it to the left, etc... very impressive level of sharing.
The only flaw to the first set was the extensive between song tunings, which are mostly edited out on the Archive. A cool thing was the crowd shouting out song requests and then hearing them played. The outstanding China / Rider closer left everyone exhausted and almost overwhelmed.
What can I say about that second set. Amazing! One memory is the amount of eye contact that Bob and Jerry and Donna made with the crowd. You felt like they were singing to you. Another was Phil hitting notes that would actually shake you balls! No shit, he'd hit those notes and all the guys would be looking around like "did you feel that?" Don't know how it effected the women.
And I remember groovin' big time to GDTRFB, it was like the perfect release after that intense set. Still one of my favorite songs.
Afterward I could not believe how long the show lasted. After editing this show is almost three hours, with the set break and between song noodling, we were there well over four hours.
Thanks for asking about it, left me hooked for life and still very much lovin it. Glad you do too!

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Poster: yesss! Date: Dec 8, 2011 1:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Off topic, reply for yesss!

thank you for this! i absolutely love this show and have always been curious to hear a first hand account. sounds like it was a blast and, as that china>rider is one of my personal peak GD moments, i am glad to hear that it was as good in the moment as what i have experienced on tape. love it. when i saw the blazers play in the coliseum last year i visualized the stage placement and wall of sound during the game and tried to picture the scene. must have been fun! thanks again. cheers.

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Poster: joeken Date: Dec 9, 2011 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Off topic, reply for yesss!

Thanks for your kind reply. I'd had about 3 (or 4) Bridgeport IPA's when I wrote it, so was afraid it was a rambling mess. If you saw the Blazers, it was probably in the Rose Garden, not the Coliseum, the Rose Garden is much bigger. Coliseum seats 12,666 for basketball, so maybe 14,000 and change with the floor in use. Saw Further there in 2010 and was surprised at how small it seemed. Looked a lot bigger in 1974! Easily one of the best shows I've seen, 12-31-76 being a close second.
And if you haven't, check out the Dark Star > Eyes > China Doll from Portland 6-24-1973.
Best wishes, Joe
The Wall Of Sound! You've seen pictures, But in person it was.... Ever been to the Grand Canyon? Seen pictures of it all your life, but when you see it in person you REALLY appreciate its majesty.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 8, 2011 1:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Off topic, reply for yesss!

Thanks so much for that story too! This is one of my all-time favorite shows as well and having these insights to read is priceless to me, considering I never got to see the band live :(